The Crucible of Character

  “Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” — Abraham Lincoln I’ve often found myself asking, “Am I the real thing?”  I’ve wrestled with my shadow self through much of my life, maybe because it’s been easier hyping the image of me than experiencing the trial and suffering … Continue reading The Crucible of Character »

A Successful Life

What constitutes a successful life?  We are accustomed to defining success in terms of wealth, power and prestige.  But is this what truly makes for a successful life? The word success comes from the Latin succedere, which simply means “make something happen.”  So what if the something accrued to the benefit of others rather than oneself?  What if success was defined by a person’s value to others? The connection between successful … Continue reading A Successful Life »

Beyond Prejudice

    I’ve been asking myself where exactly does prejudice come from. Inherited insecurities? Superiority complex? Prejudicial teaching? In 1954 Gordon Allport linked prejudice to categorical thinking claiming prejudice was a natural and normal process for humans. According to him, “The human mind must think with the aid of categories…once formed categories become the basis for prejudgement. We can’t possibly avoid the process. Orderly living … Continue reading Beyond Prejudice »